As a concerned citizen I would like to respond to the article published here on Lusaka Times entitled, “Unlike Southern Province, History has shown that Eastern Province is not tribal”. I am compelled to do so not because I am Tonga or Ngoni ( My father is Ngoni and my mother is Tonga) but because the article was speculative and lacked scientific data to prove it. To make it easier I have highlighted some of Dora’s statements and followed with a response from myself:
If you look at the voting patterns of Eastern province in the last 22 years, it’s clear that Easterners have never been shy to endorse candidates from other tribes at local, parliamentary and presidential elections. In 1991, the Presidential vote was given to Muchinga with Kaunda against Chiluba of Luapula.
In 1991 presidential election, Eastern province gave Chiluba 24.69% (44,483 votes) while Kaunda received 70.48% (126,961 votes). So Dora please do not lie to the Zambian people. We all know that Kaunda is from Eastern Province and that’s why he received 70% of the votes. Remember that Eastern Province remained the only province with members of parliament under UNIP. Did they support UNIP because they strongly believed in these MPs/UNIP policies or because the UNIP leader was from Eastern Province?
On the other hand, the province you so despise gave Chiluba 82.69% (128,589 votes) over Kaunda with 14.34% (22,299 votes). Those are the numbers. By the way Dora, I hope when you say endorsing you are not saying voting because the two are different and as a journalist you should know that. Having endorsed Lungu yourself, how are you going to campaign in SP with such insults?
Even former President RB did not have it easy in Eastern province, and failed to Marshall the extra 200 thousand votes to win the 2011 elections. Out of over 600 thousand registered voters only 334 thousand voted if am not mistaken.
What you neglect to say here is that RB, an Easterner, got 72.60% (233,528 votes) over his closest rival Sata, a Bisa, who got 18.46% (59,391 votes). What you are telling us is that there is no pattern of voting for wako ni waka here unless it involves the people of Southern? In fact, if we go a step further you will see that the people of EP gave HH only 3.33% of the votes casted. On the other hand, the people of SP gave RB 19.15% of the votes. Dora, when you look at these numbers and if we go by your twisted reasoning which province would be considered tribal here? By the way, I am not even suggesting Easterners are tribal.
The MMD wrangles have pushed Edgar Lungu of the PF ahead. The reason is not because of being an Easterner, but simply because the MMD and PF members, especially in Eastern Province are well known to each other
What exactly is your point here madam? Are you saying that it’s only in Eastern Province that MMD and PF members are “known to each other?” Are you saying that you are not endorsing an MMD candidate, a party you belong to, because there are “wrangles”? If you were running away from “wrangles”, don’t you think it would have made more sense for you to endorse HH, Chipimo or Muliokela because there are no “wrangles” in these parties that we are aware of? There are more “wrangles” in PF leadership and membership than any other party that has existed in the history of Zambia. Therefore, what you say above Dora makes no sense at all.
Our colleagues in Southern province in 99.9% instances have voted only for the UPND at all levels of elections in the last 22 years, with probably the exception of 1991 when it was a revolution.
I think I have already shown you above that you are wrong. UPND started participating in elections only about 13 years ago. Go to the ECZ website and the numbers are there for you to see. There is no constituency in SP that ever gave a Southerner 99.9% of the votes. Bokosi can lie but Numbers don’t lie Dora.
The PF as a Party and not President Sata, was given a 5 year mandate by the people of Zambia in 2011….. This would save Zambia a lot of unnecessary by-elections expenses and post-election expenditure in case Government changes.
This is probably one of the most useless statements I have ever read from a politician. By your reasoning, we may not as well have an election because the PF was elected to serve for 5 years even when the constitution says otherwise. So, even when someone dies you are suggesting that we don’t have an election at all? Dora, you must honestly be a terrible lawmaker because you made these laws.
What post-election expenditure are you talking about in case of government change? Irrespective of who comes in power after January 20, HH, EL or NM there will be change of government because ministers will change, government heads will change, ambassadors will change and many other changes elsewhere.
Finally Dora, in your flawed argument you fell short to just say you are supporting Lungu because you happen to come from EP as well. It’s unfortunate and actually scary that you can publicly attack an ethnic group that has contributed significantly to the development of this country for thousands of years. My expectations of you as a leader were to be more unifying in your statements. You write as if you have no friends, co-workers, business associates, fellow lawmakers, in-laws, sister-in-laws, uncles or aunties who are Tongas. You write as if all the people who live in the geography area called Southern Province are all Tongas. You write as if there are no Tongas who live in Lusaka. Please exercise restraint in your language.
I actually think your future as a politician beyond 2016 does not look very good. Therefore you are desperate to seek political attention by picking fights with other ethnic groups. There are many fights that you better focus on fighting—one includes the Muliokela fight. Good luck.
This, dear Dora, is how I see it.